Attorney Detail (Internal Only), Civil Rights Section (#2021-54; Open Until Filled)

Detail - Internal ONLY Washington, District Of Columbia






Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Public Advocacy Division

Civil Rights Section

400 Sixth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001


OPENING DATE:  September 1, 2021

CLOSING DATE:  Open Until Filled
The closing date has been extended and this opportunity will remain open until filled or cancelled. 

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:  Six-Month Attorney Detail




AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   Open to eligible OAG employees only





DESCRIPTION:  The Public Advocacy Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is seeking an attorney to handle complex civil rights litigation on behalf of the District. As part of a six-month detail, the attorney will work in the Civil Rights Section (CRS) and will collaborate with attorneys across the Agency to develop creative litigation strategies to combat discrimination and civil rights abuses.


The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to advance OAG’s civil rights work. The attorney will identify areas of concern to District residents for potential enforcement action, examine and interpret legal authorities available to address those concerns, conduct pre-complaint investigations, design litigation strategies, and litigate civil rights cases on behalf of the District and its residents. The attorney must be able to independently develop and litigate major cases, work in a team environment, and work collaboratively across sections within OAG to bring multifaceted cases. The attorney will also identify potential gaps in authority and suggest legislative and policy solutions to ensure that OAG can develop a robust civil rights agenda. The successful candidate will also be charged with understanding best practices in civil rights litigation in other attorney generals’ offices around the country and bringing those lessons to bear in developing the District’s civil rights work.


ELIGIBILITY:  Both of the following criteria must be met to be eligible to participate in an Attorney Detail:


1) Full-time attorneys who have served in their current Division for at least two (2) years are eligible to participate in the Detail Program, with the exception of attorneys who: a) have received a leave restriction letter within the previous 12 months; b) are currently on leave restriction; c) are subject to any current disciplinary actions; or d) are under a Performance Improvement Plan. In addition, an attorney’s work performance must be at least at the “Successful” level or its equivalent, and include no single rating of “Needs Improvement” or its equivalent in the attorney’s most recent annual performance evaluation.


2) An attorney who has completed a Detail is not eligible to apply again for another Detail for two (2) years after the completion of the first Detail, absent a compelling justification as determined by the Chief Deputy, after consultation with the Chief Operating Officer.


The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.



HOW TO APPLY: Interested employees should obtain your supervisor's permission, and then submit a resume; writing sample; your most recent performance evaluation; and a statement of interest summarizing why you are interested and the skills and abilities you possess that will enable you to succeed in this detail position.


All application materials should be submitted online by the closing date indicated above.





DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE:  Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace. 


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:   All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information or political affiliation.


NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action. 








Important: Your COMPLETE application is important to OAG hiring process. Please ensure that you have read through the requisition in its entirety. Any REQUIRED document/s i.e. Resume, Cover Letter, DC2000RP, and/or KSAs as applicable, are included BEFORE you SUBMIT the application. You will NOT be able to re-submit. Thank you.